The University of East Anglia is celebrating its biggest jump in the QS World Rankings in more than a decade, following the release of the annual tables yesterday (Tuesday 8 June).
The University ranked 307th in the world standings, up 26 places from 333rd last year.
There were 145 new entrants to the rankings for 2021, taking the total number of universities assessed for QS up to 1,300 and making this the first time in the last decade that UEA has ranked within the top 25% of institutions worldwide (23.6th percentile).
The QS World Rankings are based on a number of metrics including an institution’s academic reputation, the number of citations received on research papers and their proportion of international students and staff.
UEA rose 44 places to 117th worldwide in the ‘Citations Per Faculty’ metric, measuring the total number of citations received by all papers produced by an institution across a five-year period against the number of its faculty members.
There was also an improvement for UEA in the ‘Academic reputation’ category, which canvassed the opinions of over 130,000 academics on the teaching and research quality of other universities.
And UEA’s thriving multicultural community was also evidenced, with a placing in the top 300 for ‘International Faculty Ratio’ and ‘International Student Ratio’.
International students make up 22.2% of all students at UEA, compared to a global average of 9.3%, while 25.9% of faculty staff are international, compared to 9.3% on average elsewhere.
Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said: “With more universities being assessed for world rankings tables than ever, it makes it a greater challenge every year for UEA to maintain its international standing.
“I am therefore immensely proud that we are continuing to not only uphold our position from last year but to significantly improve on it. This is testament to the tireless work done by UEA students and staff, both academic and non-academic, to enhance our reputation across the world.”